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By by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington
16 September, 2016
Taiwan has been named best expat destination in a recent survey, followed by Malta, with Ecuador in third place.
InterNations's Expat Insider 2016 survey placed Taiwan in first place out of 67 countries. The territory won first place in the Quality of Life and Personal Finance indices on account of the quality and affordability of its healthcare services and the average income earned and retained by expats residing there.
Taiwan scores second place in the Working Abroad Index. Over one-third of expats in Taiwan are completely satisfied with their jobs – more than double the global average. Expats are similarly enthusiastic about their work–life balance (30 percent) and job security (34 percent).
The island nation also holds second place for overall satisfaction with life abroad, with 93 percent of expats saying they are generally content. The survey shows that a majority of expats in Taiwan plan to stay there longer than three years, with more than half of them considering staying there forever.
Coming in second place is Malta, performing well in the Ease of Settling In Index. It is first in terms of settling down, getting used to the local culture, and making new friends. Over four in ten expats say it is very easy to settle down in Malta, well over twice the global average.
Ecuador, which topped last year's ranking, is included in the top three. Its ranking has been affected by the fall in the price of oil, a key export, as well as a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck in April 2016.
Kuwait, Greece, and Nigeria were the bottom three destinations for expats.
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